There were a lot of people who condemned you. Some of them were people you worked with, people you probably considered friends. Were you prepared for that?
I know exactly who you talking about. You’re getting the juice now. ’Cause I’m giving it all. [Laughs.] But yeah, I felt like people were corny for that. It’s good to take sides but at the end of the day if you don’t know the story you can’t make a judgment as to what went on. People had other motives too. People jumping on the bandwagon on that side had motives because of their personal interests in that person. And that’s why I say you see who people really are. It was kind of embarrassing. But I was glad that people came to her defense. Because I was in her corner and I wanted to make sure she was good.
You were removed from the BET Awards show when the Michael Jackson tribute was happening. As a supreme MJ fan, that had to hurt.
It was wack. I’ll keep it a hundred. The BET Awards was horrible. I was watching it, holding my face like, “Oh my God, this is wack.” I didn’t get it. Michael Jackson was such a big entertainer. And I’m not dissing any of the artists who did the songs. But I was expecting a lot more energy for Michael. And BET Awards usually comes hard. I was expecting them to have Usher, Omarion and even Justin. And I was expecting Ne-Yo to dance. They were so bent on not getting me there that they messed up their own show.
How did you hear about it?
They had me in rehearsal for it and [at the] last minute they said, “Well, we can’t do it because of sponsor reasons,” or whatever the case. That’s wack. I look at it like you have somebody who has the same scenario as me but you honor him that nightŃDon Cornelius. He had [a similar] charge as me and he even got convicted of his charge and you honor him that night.
So you feel like you were singled out?
If they want to stand for something, stand for everything. I know what I did was wrong, and I was making amends and working that out for me. I felt like BET should have been looking at the people who got drug charges, gun charges, weapons, other stuff. You can’t discriminate against one person because you’re afraid the media is going to kill you. That’s not standing up for your culture and helping somebody who is down back up. I’m not saying boost my name up like, “Yo, he’s the best!” I’m not asking for that. Let’s make sure we show them that it’s wrong but we still support our people and get them to a higher place and let them learn from their mistakes.